The Doc’s Prescritpion - The Brandywell Redevelopment

The Brandywell, home of Derry City FC. Mandatory Credit Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.

The Brandywell, home of Derry City FC. Mandatory Credit Lorcan Doherty/Presseye.

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DERRY City fans listening to and reading speculation in the Press - and I stress, that’s exactly what it is - could be forgiven for asking when will the work on the Brandywell Upgrade commence?

After all, it’s been reported that the Brandywell project has been allocated approximately £7 million, so what’s the hold up?

However, despite what’s been broadcast and written, the facts are simple, not one penny has been allocated to the redevelopment of Brandywell Stadium at this point in time.

The facts are that the N. Ireland Executive, through its Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, has allocated a sum of money (believed to be in excess of £30 million) from which all clubs resident in Northern Ireland can now apply for funding.

And given that Brandywell Stadium is owned by Derry City Council, it will be the local Council’s responsibility to apply for such funding.

Since the finance on offer is from the public purse, there will be a strict set of criteria to be met before any funding is granted.

Derry City fans can rest assured that both the club and the local Council view this redevelopment as a priority and the partnership will be doing everything possible to secure the relevant funding.

Due to the current economic climate, the purse strings will be pulled tightly, so it’s vitally important that the Council works closely with its stakeholders prior to the granting of funds.

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